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P/N 1370475

IBM Space Saving Keyboard

Type
Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Nickname
SSK
OEM
IBM, Lexmark
Switches
IBM membrane buckling springs
Earliest Appearance
1987
Original Keycaps
PBT with dye-sublimated legends
Casing Colour
Beige/Off White
Branding
IBM blue oval badge, IBM blue oval badge
Protocol
Set 2/AT
Connection
Cable
Cable
Grey coiled detachable SDL to PS/2
Key Count
84
Form Factor
Tenkeyless
Layout/Language
US ANSI
Data Last Updated
2021-04-08

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Variant of a Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Variant of a Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Variant of a Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Variant of a Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Variant of a Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Variant of a Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Variant of a Model M Space Saving Keyboard

The Space Saving Keyboard (SSK) were the tenkeyless and compacted version of the IBM Enhanced Keyboards originally available as an option for the IBM Personal System/2 series of computers. These are perhaps the most well-known Model M variant besides the Enhanced Keyboard. The fact that they weren't bundled with any systems and numeric keypads were viewed more favourably during the '80s, SSKs are relatively rare. As an attempt to provide an alternative to the loss of the numeric keypad, a togglable numeric keypad layer is present across the right side of the alphanumeric keys. They have since been spiritually succeeded by the Unicomp Mini Model M, which compared to the SSK feature a Type-A USB based module cable, lock-lights, black casing, Windows/GUI keys, and an upgraded membrane design.